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February 12, 2014

Name NBA's Mount Rushmore. Last day to vote!; plus lunch with Dennis Hickey, more from Richie, freaky Westminster dogs & more


1aa1avalday1) It is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14. Happy Valentine's Day to the ladies. To the romantically challenged gents, this is your reminder. 2) I'm back up at Random Evidence Laboratories today coaxing Sunday's notes-column package. 3)
In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Ryan Tannehill short-leash poll, Michael Sam, LeBron's dunks, topless Olympian, the Beatles and me, Puig's dogs, Dumb Starbucks & more. 4) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote and also on Instagram, Vine and Facebook.

LeBron sends a message to Durant: That is what LeBron James' eventful week was all about. Click on The King's Proclamation for today's latest column by me.

HELP LEBRON JAMES PICK NBA'S ALL-TIME MOUNT RUSHMORE: The Heat's LeBron James was asked to name his all-time NBA Mount Rushmore in an NBA TV interview to air this coming Monday. With some 1aa1amtrushease he named Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. After some thought he added Oscar Robertson. Pressed to consider himself, a refreshingly immodest James said, "I'll be one of the top four that's ever played the game for sure. Somebody'll have to be bumped." OK, your turn. Who, right now, in 2014, would make your personal NBA Mount Rushmore of four greatest players? To form my 13-man (alphabetical) ballot I pulled 10 names off the 50 Greatest Players list selected in 1996, and arbitrarily added three more recent stars: Kobe, LeBron and Tim Duncan. Plenty of terrific players didn't make the cut; neither did current young stars such as Kevin Durant whose careers are still taking shape. Scan the ballot, vote for your top four (4) and say why.

LUNCH WITH NEW DOLPHINS GM HICKEY: A little peek behind the curtain. This week the Miami Herald had a luncheon with new Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey, at the team's invitation, at Bin 595 at the Plantation Renaissance. The Herald reps consisted of myself, Dolphins writers Adam Beasley and 1aa1adhickArmando Salguero, and Buzz impressario Barry Jackson. With Hickey were Dolphins media-relations legend Harvey Greene and his two able lieutenants Jason Jenkins and Fitz Ollison. The affair was casual and off-the-record, which is why there isn't much meat in this item, just general impressions. Hickey, between bites of Caesar salad, deftly parried questions to provide as little real info as possible, even off-the-record. Example: I asked him how many starter-caliber offensive linemen he thinks he has on the roster right now. "What do you think?" he replied. I told him one (his center) or two at most. He responded expertly, meaning he didn't really answer the question. Nevertheless, I found Hickey to be affable, relaxed and media-friendly -- words rarely used to describe predecessor Jeff Ireland. Hickey (married father of two, devoutly religious, relaxes on a 22-foot boat, gives you a firm shake and a look in the eye) seems like genuinely nice guy. Now we'll see if he's a genuinely good GM. My Cobb salad was delicious, by the way.

DEAR RICHIE: SHHH...: If I were Richie Incognito's agent or his lawyer or the PR firm hired to reshape his image -- if I were anyone who cared at all about Richie -- my advice to him, in language he might understand, might be: "Dude, bro, #STFU." This week brought another fusillade of Twitter rants by Incognito that meant to make adversary Jonathan Martin look bad but hurt Incognito's cause instead. In one, Incognito confided that Martin once "told me he thought about taking his own life." That's a low-blow Tweet, whether true or not. Incognito needs to STFU as he awaits the NFL Bullygate report, because right now he is Tweeting out red flags to every team that might be his future employer.

Poll result: Trust and patience for Tannehill: We asked in last blogpost if you thought Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill should be on a "shorter leash" in 2014, and 68.3 percent said no. Only 22.7% said yes, and the other 9.0% were undecided.

WESTMINSTER KENNEL CLUB: DOGS GONE WILD: I raptly watched the final of the 138th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show this week, rooting in vain for a bloodhound named Nathan. The whole event is 1aa1apoodleabsurdly comical without meaning to be, an annual reminder why Best In Show is one of my favorite movies ever. The real Best In Show, last night, went to a prancing 5-year-old wire fox terrier named Sky, pictured 1aa1bestinshowleft, but what caught my fascination was the second-place dog, the outrageously coifed standard poodle named Ally pictured right. Sky, except for the meticulously groomed beard that makes him look like an old English gentleman, looks like a fairly normal dog. Like a pet. Ally, not so much. No offense, Ally -- thank God dogs can't read -- but you have been given a fur-cut that makes you look ridiculous. Even Nathan the bloodhound opened his sleepy eyes long enough to ogle you and shake his giant head.

ON SHAUN WHITE'S OLYMPIC HALFPIPE CHOKE: Yeah, sorry, I do call it a choke when the master of a 1aa1aswhiteparticular discipline gets on the biggest stage and fails to even medal. Honestly, I don't even know why the halfpipe (or slopestyle) are Olympic events at all. It's skateboarding gone wild, X Games stuff. You can turn the halfpipe from concrete or wood to ice and it's still something I'd sooner expect to see dope-smoking 15-year-old slackers doing, not Olympic athletes. I know the preceding makes me sound like I'm a thousand years old. Whatever. The halfpipe is the IOC pandering for a younger demographic. To be fair, I'd eliminate other Olympic sports, too. Curling? Outta here!

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Cote...on the greatest NBA players?..I didn't see the name of Bimbo Coles there, I'm not voting.

A half of a pipe is probably what they smoke just prior to jumping on their boards.

I guess Cote likes my new adopted son Hickey..

I think Ross should give himself a raise...

LOL, Kareem is trailing Larry Bird. Either the Klan is stuffing ballot boxes or BB and Naples are voting every ten seconds. Puleese, give it a rest.

I'm not voting until they add Bimbo's name to the list.

so our clue-less owner now says the Dolphins would welcome a gay player with "open arms"..earth to Ross, the Dolphins already have a gay player and his name is J Martin..

http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/02/12/3929852/miami-dolphins-would-welcome-gay.html

I think Meadowlark Lemon should be growing out of Washington's neck like a Mike's Hard Lemonade commercial...

Look Stephen as an owner of a the three time champ New England Patriots I know how meaningful and fun making money is. I daresay winning is almost as meaningful and fun particularly when the commodity is an NFL franchise. Plus you won't be perpetually booed by fans...

When talking about great NBA'rs what about Iverson??

PRACTICE MAN...ITS JUST PRACTICE....C'MON ITS PRACTICE MAN....WE TALKIN ABOUT PRACTICE

Oh, the question was great players not great money wasters & whiners...sorry...

Kraft you can suck it.......

Anybody pretending to be that douche has to be a double dose of douche....

Bird better than Kareem.???....

I think Wood is right.... better start checking those race cards...

i have an idea. free car washes to season ticket owners..

or complimentary dinners at Chuck E. Cheese(limit up to 4 family members and IDs are required at the door)for season ticket holders. It will be great fun for the whole family...

Boys, when your talking about the greatest NBA players is impossible to keep Wilt and Jordan out of the top five.

G-Jordan
G-Oscar Robinson
C-Wilt
F-Duncan
F-Lebron

I'll go to war against any of you guys with those 5.

OR a free Dawn Aponte lap dance with all proceeds going to the Stephen M. Ross School of Business...

or season ticket holders could be treated to a free season pass to the Stephen M. Ross Celebration Day at Sun Life Stadium after every home game win. Each Stephen M. Ross Celebration Day package includes free hotdawgs, Pepsi and fireworks, and a Stephen M. Ross Parade in honor of none other than Stephen M. Ross! Yeh great family fun...

FZ no way I buy anything from Stephen M. Ross. Not even a lap dance from the lovely and effervescent Dawn Aponte..

Well if Stephen M. Ross wants to welcome Micheal "force my gay agenda on others" Sams then perhaps Ross should shower with him...

or a complimentary game of putt putt golf at Stephen M. Ross Memorial Putt Putt Golf Course. Fun for the entire family I tell you...

lol...

360 total votes, 87 for MJ. If I did my math right, 3 people are dumb.

Statistically and based on importance of the position (number of big men in the population who can play that position) Kareem should be at the top. Wilt was a freak but he couldn't shoot free trows to save his life and in fact was on the bench at crunch time for lots and lots of games because of this. Russel was a much earlier era same as Wilt and he was the consummate team player, etc. But no one has Kareem's numbers or longevity. And he had the most unstoppable weapon in sports history, the Sky Hook, an unstoppable weapon that he used until he was in his 40s. If Kareem had the personality of a Barkley or Magic he would be #1 on everyone's list. He was the most unstoppable force the game has ever seen and the second guy is not even close.

LOL I didn't even vote!

James Worthy should definitely be up there but I'm biased...

Bill Russell turns 80 years old today.

Kobe better than everyone on the list besides LeBron and MJ. Take your pick after that.

only saw Russell towards the end of his career but man what a player he was..

Injuries derailed Bird's career a bit he could have been greater he did average a triple double for his career though that's hard to do.

Well, the obvious person to ask this question of is Pat Riley but then Cote would have to get off his ass and put down the pizza.

When that fish Wells comes out with his report he's going to drop an anvil on Incognito's head. And why? Because Ted Wells is a card carrying fag.

Incognito is a psycho he would be in jail without football no doubt in my mind. Let's see how quickly he gets signed by another team. Still love ya Richie!

So he's a psycho who is not a bit nuts to play football, BB?

when the smoke clears J Martin will come out of the closet as a girly-man, not that there is anything wrong with it.

and BB, yeah Incognito is a psycho but he will be accepted back into a team faster than Martin will, Martin quit on his team, players don't forget that.

Good luck to the team that signs Richie to quote duke they will have been "Irelanded" or something like that.

The Dolphins suck.

Ross sucks. Dolphin players are hostages and fans are victims...

Micheal Sams a great piece of Linebacker! Ooops! He dropped the soap again!

BB maybe Irelanned. Yes Irelanned works better I think or Rossed...

I was Rossed...

Big Baby,

larry bird avged 6.7 assists per game; either i misinterpreted your post or you gave the celtic great a little toomuch credit. i don't believe anybody has avged a triple double, although the big O did for one season, and methinks he is the only player to do so. unless mistaken, only the kevins-durant and love- are above 20pts and 10 boards per contest weekly, with maybe blake griffin in there also. pick five players? almost impossible to get a concensus, but picking rhe greatest 50 is made easier by the ability to break the 50 into 20 forwards, 20 guards and 10 centers. the current generation never saw elgin baylor play, and no team w/o elgin baylor is valid according to the ole shadow, and that also pertains to jerry west-career avg of 27 points, 6.7 assists, and almost 6 boards a game from the backcourt!! lebron james, for all his greatness is at 27.5 points,6.9 assists, and 7.2 rebounds- which match west's prettty closely with west being 4 inches 80-100 pounds lighter. so as i say, pick 50 and divide them 20-20-10 and everybody will be happy.

24 10 and 6 career are still crazy numbers regardless that is why he is known as Larry Legend.

Ross also liked his(Hickey's) lack of ego and commitment to innovation.….

Too bad the same cannot be said about Ross with regard to demonstrating lack of ego and commitment to innovation(which for Ross would mean hands off, bringing in highly competent & proven football people and letting them run the show) BUT NOOOOOOO...

Not sports, but I see that that worthless depraved piece of garbage that floated up from Cuba was finally snuffed for killing Jimmy Rice. Now all of the lawyers that dragged this out for all of these years should be next.

Oh, and the Dolphins still suck. Will continue to do this until Ross is gone.

That garbage piece of chit finally paid the price he should have paid a long time ago for killing that little boy...good riddance.

Yup. They should have put that SOB in general population 16 years ago.

Woodcock,
Unfortunately it doesn't work that way inside. IF a turd can present how & why they are in danger the jailers are required to try to safely house these cases. In some cases it is predetermined to put that convict in some type of protective custody whether they request it or not. Judges & juries convict dangerous felons everyday and overlook what it takes to deal with them when they are behind the fences. Prison officials are bound by law too. Doesn't make it right or wrong, just the way it is.

FZB and Dapper, tried to watch the Beatles 50th special last night on CBS and failed miserably. I watched the first hour switching back and forth between it and the Heat and the Clipper game. The Dave interview with Paul and Ringo about their memories of their appearance on the Sullivan show was cool but the music was not. Especially when Ringo started to sing. Oh boy. Even OC, who in my opinion has the worst taste in music of anyone that I have ever met isn't a Beatles fan. Nuff, said.

Agree that thing was brutal those guys are way too old to be singing they need to just go away now. McCartney looks like droopy dog time to hang it up guys. No one wants to hear Ringo singing Yellow Submarine in prime time the song wasn't good to begin with. That should definitely be the last of the remaining Beatles on tv but it won't be. Those people singing along to that old timers music looked hokey.

VHI just showed a live Wings concert from 1976 that I caught some of way better entertainment. I'll stick to those memories if I am watching anything McCartney related not that crap last night.

Horrible selection of songs for the show indeed. One thing I give the Beatles credit for is they were prolific even if you're not a screaming freak there is something there for everyone but come on, bro, Yellow Submarine? Yup, BB, that song sucked in the 60s and has aged as badly as Sir Paul.......

I bet Cote loved that 50 year show trust he will be blogging about it soon. Richie tweets just confirm what I have been saying about the guy for months. Good Luck getting a job Richie tweeting about suicide stay classy and how was Martin playing badly in May 2013 anyway in Spring Practice?

you two infidels need to repent for talking crap about the Beatles...however I do agree with you guys that Ringo should not be singing at all in prime time..

and Woody, the Heatles were playing the Warriors last night not the Clippers...pay attention.

here's a song that should take you back to your youth, well at least for Woody that is..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBgUaEpnDdY

Greg you think anyone is comfortable telling Richie to be quiet? Are you kidding me the guy would probably squash you like a grape if you told him to shut up get real.

and why is this asswipe Ted Wells delaying his report?..

Martin thinking about suicide?..that's bad chit right there.

is this a joke?..Martin could come back to the Dolphins?..no gracias, we have enough problems with our idiotic asswipe owner..I don't want that quitter on my team.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000325542/article/jonathan-martin-could-play-for-miami-dolphins-in-2014

Clips were at home against the Blazers. Griffin went for 36 on their ass. After LeBron and Durant no one is playing better in the Association.

sorry Wood's..I thought you were talking about the Heat game...and you are right about Griffin, he is one of the best players...

Larry Legend has more votes than LeBron right now.

If martin comes back to dolphins (which I don't think is happening) then we will draft that Sam I am guy..write it down....we will have the 2 fish or should I say cherna's as a publicity stunt. Remember Ross loves the publicity machine, that's why we have those "minority Hollywood owners"...

Heard a great "old" Cuban analogy yesterday...

Yo no se porque la gente estan bravo que estan saliendo todo los maricones, el mundo no es tres quarto agua ?? entonces tiene que estar lleno de cherna's!!!

CLASSIC!!!

Naranja..bro that's some funny stuff meng.

chit I don't even wanna think about it, two fags on the same team?..pardon me people two gay men in the same team,hehe

BB..I loved Larry Legend but I think Bron is a better all around player, not even close.

All I know is with all the stadiums being mic'd up everywhere that you can pick up the slightest conversation, I cant wait to see that first gu get tackled by Sam I am saying get your hands off me you F**!!
Or even better yet with all the players who love giving fanny pats when they go huddle up, I can see one guy saying "hey your not patting your grabbing"!!

Gone are the days of John Wayne /Clint Eastwood/ Charles Bronson...

ITS A WHOLE NEW WORLD MY FRIENDS.....

Oye, where's OC? I know he's not going out in that weather so he must be glued to his TV watching the Olymps. Oye, OC, how are the Puerto Ricans doing in Ice Dancing and Curling?

OC..this is for you buddy, join a curling league..hehe

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K47LrYGa2yw

hey Mejico just won their first ever curling medal, how about that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CleUNRoqiiQ

HALLELUJAH!

Finally some common sense. The most unbelievable thing of this decision is that it comes from the 9th Circuit. Those judges must have been assaulted lately......

http://news.yahoo.com/court-tosses-californias-concealed-weapons-200220826.html

I'm applying for my CCP tomorrow.

"Mister did you bring gold?" "No." "Silver?" "Just lead."

John Wayne in Chisum

Mr. Cote, you seem to have a major problem with Incognito. Fact is, he got screwed and should be mad. Fact is, almost if not 100% of his team mates support him. Fact is, I wrote Stephen Ross and told him I will not be renewing 18 years of season tickets because of what he did to Incognito. That's a FACT. Maybe you should be criticizing the person who really should be thrown under the bus, Johhny Pussboy Martin

Bobbyd12......"Yes, and it counts!"

Right on Bobbyd12. You are absolutely correct. Martin was the problem, not Incognito. That said, every liberal media type will blast the "insensitive" Richie Incognito for his twitter rant. Because of that my guess is Richie regrets his (most likely drunken) rant. He can't win with the media and this just makes it harder for him. Most effective comment for Richie at this point is NO COMMENT.

Ross is the f***ing problem. I tell you we're getting sloppy. We're not hungry anymore. Boycot the egocentric multi-billionaire until he says "I'm losing $$$ for f***sake! I only got 200 billion left! Gotta buy a basketball or baseball team instead...

tom, you never cease to prove just how idiotic you are.
BIG CORPORATIONS own the media, dummy.
and those corporations are all republican, ok?
there is no liberal media, unless you're talking about the huffington post or MSNBC.
everyone from ESPN to FOX was calling out incognito, and quite unfairly, too.
just because facts trump your conservative nonsense doesn't mean the media is liberal; it just means you are an idiot who only sees things the way you want them to be, rather than the way they are.
like lenny bruce said, tommy boy, there is only WHAT IS.
WHAT SHOULD BE, (especially in YOUR brain), is the biggest lie ever told..
it's funny, but i used to think you HAD to get wise with age, but you prove that wrong every time you post..

david, I don't agree with your opinion slamming Tom about the current US media. Fox News is slanted right. If Fox News were way right, they would have retained Glen Beck. The former big 3 ABC, NBC, CBS are slanted left. CNN & Headline news are slanted left also. MSNBC is intentionally left. Simple comparison test is how each media chooses to cover the news of the following topics: Bridge gate (Christie), ACA joke, Benghazi, IRS scandal, Fast & Furious scandal (Obama). Fox News has more daily/nightly viewers then ALL the rest put together & doubled,, nightly. Hannity is conservative, puts left & right leaning people on his program. O'Reilly never publically claims if he's right or left, he just wants to be the top dog in his profession. I like O'Reilly "Miller Time" & "Watters World". Claiming all the big $ is corporate right isn't accurate, Wall St & many top US $$$ people are left. George Soros? Paul Allen? If you want to find out who is left leaning corporations, look at who Obama has helped since he came in office. Dude publically said he was going to reward those who help him f**k those who back Republicans. Oh, big bad Haliburton has doubled their profits since O came into office.

Tom,
Incognito is a brutish, hard drinking/hard working, team player, loves his NFL job, mouth & ego as big as Texas. Incognito's teamates loved him & want him to remain a Dolphin. Martin is an intellectual, tender hearted, soft guy who doesn't like confrontation. Martins teamates liked him but had the impression that he didn't want to be in the NFL.

Which one is more suited to be an NFL lineman?

Which one is more suited to wear a suit & tie, represent nice old ladies in court?

Bottom line, Martin maybe the better man society wants, but Incognito is the better teamate & Offensive lineman. Both have probably lost their NFL career,,, Which guy does it hurt? Which guy doesn't care?

Personally, I'd rather have Ritchie as a close friend than Johnathan. You know the guy has your back.

2 excellent posts Jimbo,especially the first which I d generally agree with.

Jimbo, leave Dave alone he's not himself today, he's still under the rapture of watching Ringo sing We all Live in a Yellow Submarine on Sunday.......

The Wells report is out and it's 148 pages long. It's undeniable that there was a culture of harassment and bullying in the locker room and it isn't close. Sorry guys it's like I said it would be. Go read it. I'll post to new blogpost as soon as Cote updates it. A very troubling situation but really long term it may only affect Pouncey and what he needs to do to change. Along with the coaching staff and GM being on the same page with new policies.


http://nfldolphinsreport.com/

Jim Turner has a good track record as a coach but he should be fired no way he didn't see this happening.

"The Wells Report" is nothing but a disclaimer for the NFL....

The NFL got popped a new A-hole with the whole "concussion" thing this year & the last thing they need is more bad press saying they are a league full of bully's. So they will say it was limited to those 3 guys but none of that "Locker room behaviour" goes on in the rest of the NFL -- BUNCH OF PUSSIFIED HYPOCRITES...

Honestly if you had a team & had to pick an offensive linemen between Martinique & Incognito...You would take Ritchie every day & twice on Sunday...

Dave in LA - you think that MSNBC & the Huffington Post are sources of non-biased media ?? WOW!!

Brother your brain has been shaken to many times by earthquakes....

Our society has been turned bi-polar - NFL perfect example.....

"Go out & rip that guys head off & chit down his neck so our running back can run over him!!"

"But after you push him around all over the field & make him look like a little girl - dont you dare call him a f@g!!"

YOU CANNOT HAVE IT BOTH WAYS!!!! Especially when your dealing with football players & not miss manners.

Does the lion apolgize do the slower gazelle ?
Does the shark say sorry to the helpless seal-pup?

It is a rough game made for rough guys -- this is the natural order of things & it will not change!!!

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